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StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

The Colorado Department of Education’s school-based SWAAAC teams provide multidisciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students with disabilities equal access to the curriculum and full participation in their education and classroom. There are over 60 participating school districts and 500 SWAAAC team members across the state of Colorado.



What's New?

2014 PARCC Accessibility and Features and Accommodations Manual

In late November, PARCC released the 2014 edition of the Accessibility and Features Accommodations Manual. This is a comprehensive document that helps guide decision making teams to ensure that the PARCC performance based and end-of-year assessments provide valid results for all students. Find out more information and read the manual here.

SWAAAC Fall Training with Dave Edyburn, PhD

On November 11, 2014 we will be holding two training sessions with Dave Edyburn, PhD. This training will be hosted at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado and will also be available at select distance locations including Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction, Lamar, and Steamboat Springs. Click here for more information. Register Today!

Meet UNI: The Interpreter Tablet

UNI is a new Windows Tablet that was designed to interpret ASL into written and spoken English. The UNI can also turn speech into text. The UNI is set to release in Fall 2015. Click here to learn more.

Evidence Based Implementation

Finding time to stay current with the literature on technology and special education is tough. Dave Edyburn's "What Have We Learned Lately?" website may help in this regard. Each year Dr. Edyburn reviews dozens of journals to choose the articles he finds most relevant. His "Best of the Year" list for 2013 focuses pretty heavily on evidence based implementation. You can find his picks for the last 9 years here: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/edyburn/www/what/top2013.html


Important Dates to Remember

Monthly Web Conference
January 22, 2015
Location: Internet-Statewide

Monthly Web Conference
February 26, 2015
Location: Internet-Statewide

Monthly Web Conference
March 19, 2015
Location: Internet-Statewide

SWAAAC Advisory Committee Meeting
April 9, 2015
8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Denver and select distance learning locations

SWAAAC Spring Training-TBD
April 17, 2015
8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Denver and select distance learning locations

Monthly Web Conference
April 23, 2015
Location: Internet-Statewide

SWAAAC Summer Symposium
June 8-9, 2015
Location: Internet-Statewide

SWAAAC 101: AT & the Law, AT & the IEP, Intro to SWAAAC Loanbank, AT Assessment, AT & Transition
On-demand via online Moodle trainings